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Mobile wallet compatible reader unveiled by Square

The company has now added the ability to accept smartphone transactions through its credit card reader.

Square, the startup company that first drew attention to itself when it created a credit card reader that small businesses and merchants could use in order to accept credit card transactions, has now announced that mobile wallet transactions are being added to its accepted payment methods.

Though the adoption of smartphone payments isn’t expected to take off for a long time, Square will be ready.

The industry feels that there will still be years that need to pass before the mobile wallet becomes a mainstream form of payments transaction. Even though some giants have already offered their own versions of the technology – including Apple, Google, and various credit card and banking leaders – they have yet to take with consumers in any widespread way. That said, some feel – as Square likely does – that by providing merchants with a simple and affordable tool to actually accept these mobile payments, it may boost the feeling of familiarity with these transactions.

In fact, some have speculated that the mobile wallet may catch on even faster if enough processors are put in place.

Square - Mobile WalletIt was in exactly this light that Square had unveiled its own updated credit card reader that could also accept mobile payments through the wallet apps of various companies, such as Android Pay and Apple Pay, among others.

Square has said that it expects the new version of its mobile payments reader to be broadly available by the fall of this year. It functions wirelessly for small businesses and sellers who want to be able to accept contactless transactions over a smartphone or tablet. That said, it also makes it possible for merchants to be able to accept EMV enabled credit cards, that is the type of plastic card that has an added security chip embedded into it.

The new mobile wallet payments reader will be sold for $49. That said, there will be around 250,000 small and medium sized businesses that will be receiving the readers for free as the company launches the devices and hopes to widen their use right from the start.

Mobile payments capabilities through Square expand with gift cards

Mobile Payments Gift CardThe latest update of the wallet app is designed to make it easier for givers and receivers.

Square Wallet has just announced that its mobile payments app has a new update that will make it simpler for its users to be able to purchase and to exchange gift cards for participating retailers.

This latest update is available for the application designed for both Android and iOS devices.

The announcement stated that Square gift cards can be sent directly from the purchaser’s smartphone or tablet, directly to the recipient. It is reported to function immediately through the electronic receipt that is sent to the purchaser (the giver) from merchants who accept mobile payments through the Square Wallet program.

This is an important step for Square in its gift card mobile payments offerings as it could expand its own use.

The mobile payments app first started its compatibility with gift cards in December of last year, just in time for the heart of the last minute holiday shopping rush. This provided merchants with the ability to offer electronic gift cards to consumers, who could then redeem them using their smartphone and tablet devices.

Participating retailers enjoyed this capability as it gave them the opportunity to offer these gift cards without having to rely on a third party provider for the plastic cards and redemption systems.

This latest update to the mobile payments app allows consumers to both buy the gift cards and send them directly to the recipients through the receipt that they receive electronically from the merchant. The Wallet company feels that this is an important step for providing convenience to the users of the service.

However, there is also a great deal of benefit to be had for Square, itself, if the program should take off. To the company, the true benefit isn’t necessarily convenience as much as the fact that if a recipient would like to be able to receive the gift card, then he or she will be required to download the mobile payments app and then use it when making a purchase. Potentially, this could expand the downloading and the use of the smartphone wallet service as consumers purchase and send gift cards to one another.